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In order to give birth to successful leaders, organizations should include development and e-learning programs months before the transition to build leadership skills while coaching them on a regular basis
Fremont, CA: The struggles of first-time leaders are both real and seldom discussed. New leaders are often thrown into the battlefield without any proper guidance on how to fight their way up to success. Therefore, some of them do find out all by themselves the mantra behind becoming a successful leader; others simply fail or step down from the leadership role, unwilling to go back there again. It is rarely seen that a high-performing individual can become a good leader. The skills that enable an individual to perform at an excellent level might not be helpful when it comes to leading a team or an organization.
Let us look at 3 challenges new leaders need to overcome:
Proper Training Before and During the Transition Period
Many organizations lack proper methods required to support leaders to transition into a first-time leadership position successfully. In many companies, new leaders do not receive any training before stepping into the leadership role, which can result in several adverse outcomes for both the organization and first-time leaders. To give birth to successful leaders, organizations should include development and e-learning programs months before the transition to build leadership skills while coaching them regularly.
As John F. Kennedy said once, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Similarly, learning the skills and strategies required to become an excellent leader is not a one-time session to get over with in a snap of fingers. To master a skill may take months, even years. Hence, organizations need to focus on building leadership development journeys that span multiple years. Like any other professionals, leadership requires constant opportunities for practice and real-world experiences. Organizations need to equip their new leaders with right tools and provide them with a suitable culture to make this happen.
Leaders are for their People
Often first-time managers think that stepping into a leadership role is the ultimate point of their journey, but, in reality, it is only the beginning of one. As a leader, it is necessary to understand the requirements of employees while keeping a rhythmic pace with organizations' progress. Leaders need to create opportunities that can help both employees and organizations grow. People are motivated by different factors; a successful leader should learn what motivates their employees. Emotional intelligence can help first-time leaders understand people on a deeper level. New leaders can improve their emotional intelligence by listening, empathizing, and empowering their people.
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